GURNEE – Lyons Township has been tryng to avoid the slow starts that have plagued them in recent games, but the Lions will have to dig themselves out of an 0-1 hole again.
LT lost at Warren 17-14 Friday night in Gurnee. It is the second year in a row the Lions lost to the Blue Devils to start the season and the third straight Week 1 loss for LT overall.
Senior running back Leonard Ross had a 1-yard touchdown run as part of a 129-yard night for LT to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. The Lions (0-1) trailed 10-7 before a Tommy Fiedler 12-yard keeper gave LT a 14-10 lead that they took into halftime.
In the third quarter Warren took advantage of a muffed punt and converted on the short field to take the lead for good. LT turned the ball over four times in the game.
"We got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot first of all because we felt we could have won that game," Ross said. "Too many penalties, too many mental mistakes. We got to get rid of those and we'll be fine."
LT is on the road again at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a West Suburban Conference crossover game against Willowbrook. Last year the Lions lost to Willowbrook 62-49 in a record-setting passing game from Warriors' quarterback Brian Johnson. Johnson and many of his top weapons are gone. Willowbrook lost to Glenbard East 41-14 on Saturday.